LFS Update for 2021/22 Winter Session, Term 2


Dear Faculty of Land and Food Systems students,

You may have read today’s communication from UBC President Santa Ono regarding the 2021/22 Winter Session, Term 2 interim period of online learning that will be in effect until January 24, 2022.  The decision to return to online learning is to provide students with some certainty as health agencies and the university monitor the impact of the Omicron variant.

This letter outlines what you can expect in the beginning of Winter Session Term 2 in this interim period from January 10 to January 24 – and what we ask of you in order to prepare and keep in mind during this period.  Student support and links to resources are also listed below.


  • Most classes will be delivered synchronously using Zoom.  Your instructor will confirm details with you, so please monitor your email (including your junk folders) and your Canvas site for Instructor updates.
  • Some labs, practicums and clinical courses may be in person. You can expect to hear from your instructors on how those courses will be delivered before Jan. 10.
  • Classes will remain at their originally scheduled times. For those of you who are currently outside of Canada, we hope you are able to return for the start of term. If you are unable to return at this time, and the time zone makes it difficult to attend, please get in contact with your Instructor.
  • Instructors will continue to offer scheduled office hours. These will be delivered 100% online during online learning unless otherwise specified.


  • We expect in-person research activities will continue during this interim period. If UBC decides to return to stricter protocols, your supervisors will let you know. If you have any questions, please contact your supervisor for specific directives or details.

Buildings and Facilities

  • All Faculty of Land and Food Systems buildings and facilities will remain open to students, faculty and staff during the interim period.
  • Campus will remain open during this interim period, including student housing, student services, and all libraries.

Support for Students

  • For Undergraduates, LFS Student Services will open on Tuesday, January 4 and the team will be available to support you virtually with limited in-person options. You can check their schedules here.
  • For Graduate Students, including Professional Masters Students, the Graduate Services Team will be available to support you virtually.  You can check their contact information here.
  • UBC offers mental health support to all students. See resources here.

What we ask of you:

  • Stay safe and healthy. Follow local health restrictions carefully.
  • If you are abroad, please organize your travel documents and be aware to allow for potential quarantine requirements to ensure you are able to attend classes on campus starting January 24.
  • When Winter Session Term 2 begins, stay involved in your classes.
  • When you are in your Zoom class, please have your cameras on and use a Zoom background if privacy is desired.  If there is a specific reason for you to have your camera off, please let your Instructor know!
  • Make yourself fully available, as you normally would, for group work, team meetings, research etc. When in doubt, ask your Instructor or Supervisor.

We are planning for in-person learning to resume on January 24. If the situation changes and online learning is expected to continue beyond January 24, the university will send updates – you can monitor notices at this webpage and please check your inboxes regularly once Term 2 begins.

We appreciate your attention, collaboration and patience during this time.  We sincerely look forward to seeing you all back in-person soon.

Have a restful holiday. Stay safe and well.


Karen Lee  (She, Her, Hers)
Director of Marketing and Communications
Faculty of Land and Food Systems | Room 235
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
H.R. MacMillan, 2357 Main Mall | Vancouver British Columbia | V6T 1Z4 Canada
Phone 604 827 5297 | Cell 604 312 6343
karen.lee98@ubc.ca | @ubcLFS

CFP – 2022 Environmental Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference


ESAC CFP 2022 in English

ESAC CFP 2022 in French

Dear colleagues,

The Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the 2022 Annual Online Conference which will take place May 18-20 2022. The deadline for submission is January 10, 2022, at 4 pm PST. We would be grateful if you would distribute this Call for Papers in your networks.

The Annual ESAC conference, as a part of the 2022 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, is a networking opportunity for a diverse range of researchers to share environmental ideas and engage in thought-provoking discussions about prominent environmental issues in Canada, and globally.

Reflecting the 2022 Congress theme “Transitions”, ESAC invites submissions from a diverse range of topics (the list of topics is attached).

Full details on abstract submission requirements and instructions are now available on our website (see the 2022 Call of Papers), and please click the following link to access the Abstract Submission Console.

Venue: Online – you can join the 2022 Conference without any concern for air travel carbon footprint and with reduced registration rates!

The 2022 Annual Conference will be packed with exciting digital events and opportunities, including

  • Keynote events;
  • Special undergraduate research showcase;
  • The announcement of the 2022 ECO-Award winner;
  • Research sharing and networking opportunities;
  • Trivia and social events; and more!

We look forward to seeing you!


Chers et chères collègues,

L’Association Canadienne d’Études Environnementales (ACÉE) a le plaisir d’annoncer son Appel aux Communications pour la conférence annuelle de 2022, qui aura lieu en ligne du 18 au 20 mai 2022. La date limite pour soumettre un résumé est le 10 janvier 2022, à 16 h HNP. Nous vous serions reconnaissants de bien vouloir distribuer cet Appel aux Communications dans vos réseaux.

La conférence annuelle de l’ACÉE, qui fait partie du Congrès des sciences humaines 2022, est une une opportunité  de réseautage conçue pour réunir un large éventail de chercheurs afin de leur permettre de partager des connaissances et d’échanger des idées stimulantes sur des enjeux environnementaux d’actualité au Canada et dans le monde.

Reflétant le thème “Transitions” du Congrès 2022, l’ACÉE invite les soumissions sur un large éventail de sujets (voir la liste de sujets ci-jointe).

Tous les détails sur les exigences et les instructions relatives à la soumission des résumés sont désormais disponibles sur notre site web (voir l’Appel aux Communications 2022), et veuillez cliquer sur le lien suivant pour accéder au Formulaire de Soumission de Résumés.

Lieu: En ligne – vous pouvez participer à la conférence 2022 sans l’empreinte carbone associée aux voyages en avion et avec des tarifs d’inscription réduits!

La conférence annuelle 2022 sera riche en événements et en opportunités numériques excitantes, incluant notamment:

  • Des conférences principales;
  • Une présentation spéciale de la recherche menée par les étudiant.e.s de premier cycle;
  • Des événements de partage de recherche et de réseautage;
  • L’annonce du lauréat ou de la lauréate du prix ECO-Award 2022;
  • Des jeux de Trivia et des événements sociaux ; et plus encore!

Nous sommes impatients de vous voir!

ESAC Annual Conference Organizing Committee | Comité d’organisation de la conférence de l’ACÉE

Environmental Studies Association of Canada | L’Association canadienne d’études environnementales


https://www.federationhss.ca/en/congress/congress-2022ESAC CFP 2022 in English

BC Public Service Career Opportunity – District Range Officer


Good afternoon,


Please post the attached career opportunity for a District Range Officer.

Close date is January 12, 2022.

Please let me know if you have any questions.





Derek Hockley, Marketing & Communications Officer, Marketing and Talent Strategies

Operational Strategies and Integration Services | BC Public Service Agency


Ask MyHRwww.gov.bc.ca/myhr/contact | 250-952-6000 | 1-877-277-0772

Attachment: 82310 Online Ad Copy – District Range Officer

U-Pass exemption application for Winter 2021 Term 2 (January- April 2022)


Hi everyone,

I hope this message finds you well and you are keeping healthy and safe.

The online exemption application for the 2021 Winter Term 2 (January to April 2022) is now available. The attached email was sent to the students today. Please note, for this term as indicated on the attached email, there are two exemption application forms (regular U-Pass BC exemptions through SSC and COVID-19 U-Pass BC exemptions through AMS) and the students must apply through the correct application form if meeting the specific exemption criteria. The exemption deadlines for this term will be January 28, 2022 (regular U-Pass exemptions through SSC) and February 4, 2022 (COVID-19 U-Pass BC exemptions through AMS).

For the students who will be applying for exemption under “Regular U-Pass BC exemptions” (i.e. Co-Op or Practicum or Graduate students completing their thesis course while living outside of Metro Vancouver area) and if you know who the students are, please provide me a list of your students as soon as possible. Thank you in advance for the information.

If your students have any questions or concerns regarding U-Pass program or U-Pass exemptions, please refer them to our U-Pass website or send an email at upass.exemptions@ubc.ca. If you have a question or concern, please feel free to reach out to me.

Be well and be safe!

Happy Holidays!

Kind regards,

U-Pass Administration
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